Newcastle’s new signing from Marseilles, Habib Beye, was touched by the great reception he received from the Newcastle fans before Saturday’s hard fought 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic.
The 29-year-old former Marseilles captain was introduced to the Newcastle supporters at St. James Park’ Park crowd on Saturday afternoon, after signing a three-year deal with the club just before midnight on Friday.
The noise generated by the Geordie supporters was so loud and enthusiastic, that the Senegalese right-back had to admit it took him by complete surprise.
Habib Beye – touched by Newcastle fans’ welcome – looks good in black and white stripes 😀
Habib told www.nufc.co.uk this afternoon:
“When I went out onto the pitch before kick-off it was amazing,”
“The reception the fans gave me was incredible and it made me feel so welcome.â€
“I said to my dad and agent when I came off the pitch that I couldn’t believe how much they applauded me.â€
“Hopefully that is a sign of things to come and I can have a good relationship with the Newcastle fans.”
That’s a good sign from our new signing, who received excellent reviews from Newcastle fans, who have followed his exploits at Marseilles these last few years. Seems like Habib will love playing in front of the Newcastle faithful at St. James’ Park and hopefully will give us some inspired performances. Although Newcastle United get credit for their fanatical and loyal supporters it is much greater than most people realize, or even understand, in other parts of the country. Newcastle is by far the biggest city in England with only one football team, but that only partly explains the support.
Beye recalled when he played at St. James” Park in the UEFA Cup semi-final in 2004, when he had a sparkling game in a 0-0 draw. Marseilles won the second leg 2-0 in France with two fabulous goals from one Didier Drogba.
“I remember how much pressure the fans put on us on that night,”
“It was a great atmosphere and I can’t wait to play for Newcastle at St. James’ Park, that will be a special moment.”
Beye has returned home to Marseilles for a few days apparently, but will be back at Newcastle this week to join his new team-mates at the club’s Benton training ground. We even expect Habib to be given his debut at Derby County, on Monday evening, September 17th, since he is match fit having started 4 games for Marseilles this season.